The outlook into 2020 for the Chamber’s Business Retention & Expansion program is extremely bright. Each week we are out in the community assessing the current business climate and addressing the needs of existing businesses all across the Grand Valley. Local business is the backbone of our community and does so much for our local…

The Colorado General Assembly convenes on January 11th and the Chamber is gearing up to be the voice of business at the State Capitol in 2020. The Chamber Board adopted a set of legislative guidelines in December that will help guide the organization’s lobbying efforts under the dome. Our video conference series which offers real…

The Chamber led a coalition of four business organizations that pleaded with the Grand Junction City Council not to raise development fees and implement new fees to an extent that could hamper economic development and growth last month. Members of the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association, Housing and Building Association of Western Colorado, Western Colorado…

As the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors prepares for their annual planning session there is a key question that will be asked this year in terms of our role and mission. Are we a “3C” Chamber? According to the Western Association of Chamber Executives, the most effective Chambers are those that…

C.J. Rhyne, Director of Business Retention and Expansion for the Grand Junction Area Chamber, graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute on October 24, 2019, at the OU EDI Fall session held in Denver, Colorado. OU EDI is an intensive 117-hour certificate program that provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the…

The Chamber Health Care Survey conducted in October asked main contacts for our members questions about health care coverage and found some interesting information based upon the 100 responses that were received (14% of those polled). Key takeaways included: • 32% of respondents do not offer any sort of health care benefit to their employees…

Manufacturing, the often invisible pillar of our community. A great number of citizens have no general knowledge of the types of industries within their respective communities. They know how many hospitals are in the city limits and can rattle off a few names of the middle schools close to them, but how many core, stable,…

In a survey sent to GJACC members in September of 2018, healthcare costs tied as the top concern for businesses related to workforce issues. In collaboration with Kim Bimestefer, Executive Director for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Chamber is excited to be discussing a variety of topics (see session plan below)…

Did you know that the Mesa County Board of Commissioners instituted a program almost four years ago to help encourage new and existing businesses to expand and invest in Mesa County? While it has only recently begun to be utilized, it has the potential to assist in growing businesses and jobs throughout the county. What…

In 2018 the U.S. Department of Energy announced $140 million in funding that will be spent over the next five years to expand the FORGE laboratory (short for Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy in Milford, Utah). The funding will power a large-scale experiment in rural Utah intended to develop new ways to extract…

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